Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.
The schools and school divisions earning 2012 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 — include:
- 86 Virginia schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
- 188 schools and two school divisions that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award;
- 171 schools earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award; and
- 2 schools that earned the Board of Education Rising Star Award.
Boyce Elementary School in Clarke County was among the 188 schools to earn the Board of Education Excellence Award this year. This marks a continuing tradition of excellence for Boyce Elementary School. In 2011 Boyce received the Board of Education Excellence Award and in 2010 received the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Board of Education President Eleanor B. Saslaw said, “The criteria for these awards are becoming more challenging with the Board of Education’s increasing focus on college and career readiness,” she added, “That so many schools earned VIP awards speaks to the capacity of most of Virginia’s public schools to accept new challenges.”
Superintendent of Schools Michael F. Murphy remarked that the, “Students, staff, and parents of Boyce Elementary School should once again be proud of their achievement. It is an honor to receive any award, and this one is well deserved. The Clarke County community is proud of Boyce, as they are of all of our students and schools, for their diligent hard work and academic achievement.”